Today I'd like to welcome author Kristen Beairsto
to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Kristen
To start, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, I'm a So Cal girl who's been addicted to romance novels since I was a teenager. I have two energetic little girls and a very tolerant husband. Between the kids, the hubby, a day job, writing, and reading, I also enjoy sports. I'm a huge New York sports fans and I love to participate in half marathons.
Could you tell readers a little bit about your current release, Love Like Krazy
Absolutely! Kit Conner is returning to her hometown to be a bride's maid for her best friend. But while back home, Kit is forced to confront the secrets from her past. All the while, she finds herself fighting an attraction to Ben Mathews, the older brother of her best friend's groom. Despite knowing little will come of an affair, Kit starts to see Ben as an anchor in her emotional storm.
What was the most challenging part of writing Love Like Krazy
? The most rewarding?
I originally wrote Love Like Krazy about ten years ago. So the most challenging aspect of it was pulling it out, dusting it off, and realizing just how out of date it was and how drab some of the writing was. = ) Combing through and reworking it and taking certain parts out that weren't needed presented a lot of challenges because I'd end up fixing one area, but then the changes I made would create problems with a different section. Some days it felt like a never ending battle and I was setting myself up for failure. The most rewarding was just finishing it and getting it to a point where I'm happy with it.
Did you have the title for this book from the start, or did that evolve with your writing?
It definitely evolved over time. In fact, it was originally called Coming Home, then it became Home of the Heart. I decided those sounded too similar to some other titles I saw out there so I decided to do a play off the heroine's nick name.
How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first novel length story when I was 11 years old. = ) I've been scribbling stories ever since. But I've been seriously pursuing a writing career over the last two years.
What is your favorite type of genre to read?
I'm addicted to romance in general and read mostly contemporary and historical. The last few years I've really gotten into paranormal too.
How important is research in your writing?
I'm a details person and a history nut. There are few things I hate more than coming across lazy research in a book. It's one thing if you're stretching the truth about something, but it's usually pretty obvious when somebody just got lazy. So for me, research is vital and I will do a TON more than I need to in order to make sure I have what I need.
Where would you say that you get your most creative ideas?
I probably get the most inspiration from reading or watching other things. A lot of times what happens is I come across a story line that I really enjoy and I start thinking about what I would have done differently and start asking myself 'what would have happened if this happened instead?'. Then before I know it, I have a working story that is all my own. = )
Whose opinion do you value most when it comes to your writing and why?
My parents and my husband. My dad studied writing, so he really understands the technical side of writing. He can read my work and show me what I've done well and what needs some help and make suggestions about how to fix it. My mom is who I get my drive from and she always knows the right thing to say to me to keep me going. My husband does not read romance at all. When I'm struggling and he reads something of mine and likes it, I know I'm doing something right.
What do you still struggle with as an author?
I'm new on the scene, so basically I'm still struggling with, oh, just about everything. LOL! But if I had to pin point one thing, I'd say time management. I still have a day job and I'm working to build my writing career on nights and weekends. So it's really difficult balancing both jobs and managing to spend time with family and friends. My girls are young, 2 and 7, so it gets tough sometimes trying to make sure I spend enough time with them.
If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?
What's a deal breaker for you when it comes to a story? What makes you put a book down unfinished and stop reading it?
Could you tell us what you're currently working on?
I'm currently editing my next release scheduled for early September. It's called Sugar & Spice and is a contemporary romance. It's about three friends who run their own lingerie catalog company and discover love doesn't fit neatly into a planner.
If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?
I don't know how long I'd last because I have a deep affection for indoor plumbing, but I would be really interested in going back to the American Old West during the mid to late 1800's. And the thing I'd take with me would be my husband because he'd make a great cowboy and I know we'd have some fun.
What is the wackiest job you can think of that you would like to do?
My goodness, this is a tough one, ummm . . . how about a treadmill tester? Over the last couple of years, I've been working on getting healthier and losing weight and have come to enjoy walking and running. In the process, I've discovered there's a certain skill to using a treadmill. If I don't go flying off, it's a winner. ; )
If you could be any super hero who would you be? And why?
My name would be Time Warp and I can save anyone time with the snap of my fingers. Gridlock traffic? *Snap* You're home! Need to clean the house? *Snap* Sparkling clean! I wish!!! Why? Probably because I'm struggling so much with managing time in my life that I'd really love to, just once, snap my fingers and accomplish something in seconds rather than hours. I can dream.
Is there anything else you would like to add today or any links where readers can find you?
Thank you so much for having me! I can be found at my website, or Facebook, and Twitter. I love to hear what readers think, so please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have a comment.
Thank you so much, Kristen
, for spending time with us today!
Interviewed by: Tammy